We make a big jump into 100-1 land with the Atlanta Hawks–one does not feel nearly enough.
Before Al Horford went down with (another) torn pectoral last season, Mike Budenholzer's birds were 16-13, looking like the third-best team in the East. Atlanta shut out the year with a 22-31 mark after dropping its very best player.
Obviously, because the East was the East, the Hawks made the playoffs.
This season, Horford is looking just nice in preseason play and healthy . Additionally, Paul Millsap is playing for a contract, Jeff Teague remains one of the least appreciated talents of the league and Thabo Sefolosha is presently in town to deliver some perimeter protection that is stifling.
Nobody is saying the Hawks are a bunch of world-beaters, however they feel just like postseason locks. And they might finish among the conference's top four.
At the minimum, they will jack a ton of threes (only the Houston Rockets tried more in 2013-14) and look after the ball (Atlanta's assist-to-turnover ratio was next best at the East). That is a recipe for success.
Don't sleep on the Hawks.
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